Disney+ and Quibi. It’s a Small Screen World, After All.

Much has been written about Quibi — the streaming video service launched a few weeks ago by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. The central conceit of the platform was that it was premised upon shortform, mobile-first videos – “quick bites,” thus the name Quibi. Unfortunately for its creators, Quibi has largely been a flop. Which … Continue reading Disney+ and Quibi. It’s a Small Screen World, After All.

On Finishing the Power Broker

After a full year, I finally finished reading Robert Caro’s The Power Broker. It’s a seriously incredible exploration of the life, achievements, and controversies of Robert Moses – New York City’s “Master Builder” – who singlehandedly reshaped the face of New York City, and the lives of its millions of inhabitants, for generations. The scope … Continue reading On Finishing the Power Broker

CleanPlus℠

When I first got this email from United, about their new hygiene + cleaning standards, it just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I had trouble figuring out why exactly it felt a little off, but I think I’ve boiled it down to a few things.For starters, it strikes me as odd that this new … Continue reading CleanPlus℠

WhatsApp vs. iMessage

As someone who lives in Israel, but travels to/from the US quite a bit, I’m always surprised by how bifurcated the messaging experience is. In Israel — and much of the rest of the world ex-Asia — WhatsApp is dominant. Heck, billionaires and oligarchs even WhatsApp one another, apparently. In Israel, everything — I mean … Continue reading WhatsApp vs. iMessage

2019 Reading Roundup

One of my goals for 2019 was to read more, with the specific aim of reading two books/month, which I more or less hit. I also had a few other, more specific goals within reading itself. Given the fecklessness and absurdity of this Presidential administration, I wanted to read more about Presidents – about competent … Continue reading 2019 Reading Roundup

A Difference Between Fluent and Mother-Tongue Level Writing

In general, I’m a fan of the Netherland’s flagship airline, KLM. I’ve flown them multiple times and had pleasant flights. And online, they have an aggressive, inventive Facebook presence, and generally have good marketing campaigns. But a recent email they sent caught my eye. You’ll notice a few minor — but still obvious — errors … Continue reading A Difference Between Fluent and Mother-Tongue Level Writing